A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. Several deaths have been reported, most resulting from treacherous driving conditions. More than a thousand flights have been canceled, football and basketball games postponed and holiday celebrations including town tree lightings and parades curtailed. Here is a state-by-state look at the wintry weather:
Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | posted 9 minutes ago
Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest Friday and made a strangely blank landscape out of normally sun-drenched North Texas: mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses, and millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend.
Associated Press | posted 17 minutes ago
Four homeless people have died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area since last week, authorities said, highlighting the danger to people without shelter as the region is gripped by freezing temperatures.
The Associated Press | posted 49 minutes ago
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Julie Pace, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 6:06pm
At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.
Tom Hays, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 5:25pm
A former Goldman Sachs trader was sentenced on Friday to nine months in prison for wire fraud by a judge who took sharp aim at both Goldman and the government, questioning why it took them so long to bring the misconduct to light.
Barry Massey, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 5:24pm
The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop has been fired.
David B. Caruso, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 5:09pm
U.S. transportation officials ordered the Metro-North Railroad on Friday to quickly overhaul its signal system and temporarily put an extra worker in the driver's cab on some routes that have major speed changes, including the one where a speeding commuter train derailed this week, killing four people.
Ivan Moreno, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 4:35pm
A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday.
Phuong Le, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 4:17pm
One fisherman uses a bike to deliver hundreds of pounds of salmon to local markets. A mom who regularly shuttles her two kids around town once tried to haul a twin mattress home. And some companies are using the bikes to deliver beer kegs or pick up recycling.
Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 4:05pm
It doesn't rival Amazon and Travelocity, but President Barack Obama's much-maligned health insurance website finally seems to be working reasonably well most of the time.
Amy Taxin, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 3:59pm
Citrus grower Fred LoBue breathed a sigh of relief on Friday after two sleepless nights monitoring the icy temperatures in his family's Central Valley orange groves.
Lisa Rathke, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 3:54pm
Fancy a pint of Pliny the Elder or Heady Topper double India pale ales, but can't find it in your neighborhood? Get out your wallet.
Associated Press | posted 10 minutes ago
A former manager of a now-closed New York art gallery has pleaded guilty for his role in an international scheme to smuggle ancient Buddhist and Hindu sculptures.
Michael Biesecker and Allen G. Breed, Associated Press | posted 23 minutes ago
A long-awaited study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a link between tainted tap water at a U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina and increased risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers.
Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | posted 33 minutes ago
A federal judge has temporarily suspended BP oil spill settlement payments to businesses while he reconsiders the company's arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
John Seewer, Associated Press | posted 44 minutes ago
A court-appointed guardian is dropping her attempt to force an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after she and her parents fled their home to avoid treatment.
Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 6:04pm
A federal bankruptcy judge says the company that formerly owned the landmark New Orleans restaurant Brennan's is bankrupt and must be liquidated.
Dan Elliott, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 5:23pm
Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes are asking the judge to bar the public and media from hearing pretrial testimony from the psychiatrist who evaluated Holmes' sanity.
Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 5:21pm
Fire officials say a California woman who survived a blaze that killed her husband and two of her children has been released from the hospital.
Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 4:59pm
President Barack Obama threw the switch, bathing the National Christmas Tree in lights and giving an otherwise dreary day in the nation's capital a festive and seasonal spirit. He later singled out Nelson Mandela, the beloved South African anti-apartheid leader who died Thursday, for special gratitude.
Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 4:07pm
The founder of a California-based semiconductor company and its ex-chief financial officer won't go to prison after pleading guilty in New York to conspiring to obstruct an anticipated federal investigation.
Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 3:50pm
The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.
Jim Suhr, Associated Press | posted Dec 6th - 3:46pm
Having survived getting her neck cut during a domestic dispute, Michelle Rowling worried her former boyfriend would take her life and considered his latest release from jail an ominous sign. With a few clicks on her keyboard, she told the world.
MSNBC U.S. Headlines
Frozen nation: At least nine dead as cold, ice and snow grip US
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 01:49:25 GMT
Frozen nation: At least 10 dead as cold, ice and snow grip US
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 01:16:23 GMT
Judge orders Colorado baker to serve gay couples
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:59:45 GMT
DC cop investigated for 'pimping' teens
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:47:51 GMT
Florida teen gets 25 years in prison for attempting to murder transgender woman
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:31:13 GMT
CNN U.S. Headlines
Don't feed backyard bears
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:23:17 EST
Out-of-this-world NASA shots
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:49:15 EST
Astronaut captures typhoon
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:37:34 EST
USAF sends 29 satellites to space
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:36:36 EST
3 medical marvels saving lives
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:16:25 EST
Fox U.S. Headlines
Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett worth $12 million, appraiser says
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 01:30:10 GMT
Judge orders baker to serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:35:03 GMT
Judge orders Colo. cake-maker to serve gay couples for wedding celebrations
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:34:46 GMT
NY judge takes aim at government, Goldman Sachs while giving rogue trader a 9-month sentence
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:11:56 GMT
2 former top executives at Calif. semiconductor firm get no prison time in NY conspiracy case
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:07:15 GMT
CBS U.S. Headlines
Chinese firm deemed espionage threat paid U.S. intelligence adviser
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:45:14 -0500
Couple finds surprise in McDonald's drive-thru bag
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:42:10 -0500
White House gives wind farms 30-year pass on eagle deaths
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:19:55 -0500
Tenn. Couple gets bag of cash at McDonald's drive thru
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:43:14 -0500
Ach-oops! Sneeze causes highway corn syrup spill
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:35:04 -0500
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